Nikolaihof is the fountainhead for the most incredible white wines in Austria. Rich with an almost 2,000-year-old history, Nikolaihof was purchased by the Saahs family in 1894, remaining the present-day owners. The key here is the extreme attention to detail in the vineyards, strictly upholding biodynamic practices led by winemaker Nikolaus Saahs. In the cellar, which is an ancient Roman crypt, the wines ferment with natural yeasts and are left to age in 2,000 liters to 12,000-liter barrels. Smaragd wines are released when ready, and it is not unheard of for some to stay in barrels for up to 20 years. Super expressive, complex, and long-lived, this is a bar setter for Gruner Veltliner.
We have an outstanding special bottle today called the Baumpresse is leagues above the regular Im Weingebirge bottling and was released with significantly more age. This is the first vintage of the Baumpresse that has been made and is already a legendary bottle sourced from soils featuring loam, loess, and paragneiss. It is absolutely magical and is one of the most outstanding wines to be made in Austria, detailing the mastery of the Saahs family. This is a masterpiece and is a testament to how Gruner Veltliner is, especially with age. We have some of the only bottles of this new release in the world, and it is not one to miss.
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 98 points! "Vinified in large oak, the 2013 Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner Baumpresse is beautifully clear, refined and elegant on the deep, spicy, fruit-intense and complex nose. It's unique in style and was pressed with the ancient basket press of the domain. The wine ferments spontaneously but picky and is racked and sulfured already in January of the following year to be aged for years on the fine lees. Rich and intense on the palate, it has ripe and concentrated fruit combined with fine tannins and a unique touch of oxidative style. This is a traditional class that is reminiscent of old school Riojas but is richer, more fruit-intense and maybe also mightier. In any case, it's an outstanding and singular Austrian wine, I would say a cultural heritage such as the Coulée de Serrant. Bottled in 2018. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted at the domaine in June 2021."